Be a Food Hero: Use these 5, Super, Zero-Waste Sustainable Recipes!

The foods we eat and the way we cook affect our health and that of the planet. Sustainable cooking is a way that helps us take care of the environment, our health and our finances. Likewise, sustainable cooking is a way to help our planet by preventing food from going to waste.

Fortunately, there are many recipes to fit the bill. You can make foods such as broths with leftovers, purees with leftover vegetables, vegetable chips with fruit and vegetable skins, and jams with very ripe fruits. So without further ado, let’s Be a Food Hero: Use these 5, Super, Zero-Waste Sustainable Recipes!

1. Lentil Salad with Orange

We can use leftover lentils as well as products that are just starting to deteriorate. Furthermore, you don’t need to use much in the way of electrical appliances, so you can save on energy consumption.

To do this, cut up some red and green peppers and onions into small cubes and leave the onion in water and vinegar. We make a vinaigrette with oil and vinegar and add the peppers and onion to the vinaigrette.

Dice an orange and add it to the vinaigrette, season to taste and stir carefully. After, mix these with the cooked lentils. Get ready to enjoy!

2. Raw Zucchini Rolls with Pesto

For this nutritious recipe, choose seasonal products, such as zucchini. Cut this into thin slices, add salt and let it marinate.

Then cut tomatoes and carrots into thin strips as well. Grind some cashews, garlic, oil and lemon juice together until you get a spreadable paste. Then add dried tomato pieces.

For the rolls, place 4 slices of zucchini and put a layer of the spreadable paste, carrot, tomatoes and arugula on top. Roll it up carefully, paint pesto on top, and voila! Get ready to indulge…

3. Vegetable Burger

Use leftover legumes, such as chickpeas. Put them through a food processor without letting them becoming a puree. Now add this to a bowl, along with egg, breadcrumbs and spices.

Mix until a homogeneous mass is left and then bake this mix to make tasty hamburgers!

4. Pasta Salad

Grab some pasta from the pantry, as well as seasonal vegetables to prepare a delicious and complete dish. Use ingredients such as julienned lettuce, carrots, tomatoes, and make a vinaigrette. Voila! Simple as that.

5. Minestrone Soup

For this classic recipe, cut up some onions, potatoes, carrots, zucchini, (courgette) and celery. Then sauté the onion, and add the rest of the ingredients. Stir and cook for a few 8-10 minutes.

Then add garlic and some cooked haricot beans, green beans and tomato. Cook for 50-60 minutes over a medium heat.

Then add some dry macaroni or other dry pasta shapes and let it cook for 6-7 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Once done you can add a little basil and grated Parmesan cheese to garnish. You might also like to check out Cosy Vegan Soup: 5 Perfect Winter Recipes You’ll Love!

To contribute to building better health for us and the planet, it’s essential to follow a few guidelines such as: reducing the consumption of foods of animal origin, avoiding food waste, buying and consuming local and seasonal products, choosing ecological products, avoiding food transported by plane (due to the carbon footprint), choosing to buy products in bulk, as well as limiting the purchase of processed products.

We can all easily engage in sustainable cooking and caring for the planet with a little forethought and planning. Avoid buying food only to throw it in the bin; we can make the world a better place by being grateful and mindful for every bit of food we eat from now on!

What are some of your preferred sustainable recipes? Let us know in the comments below, and feel free to join in the conversation on FacebookTwitter & Instagram!

Maria Sanchez

María Sánchez from Spain, is a Dietitian and Nutritionist. She loves her career, being able to help and teach others, including sharing her knowledge and experience through the writing and publishing of nutrition articles. She believes that nutrition is a very important science in life, and that the correct type of diet can help prevent diseases for which we simply don't have effective cures. Her mission is to educate people on healthy eating to achieve optimum well-being.

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